InLiquid’s Art Advisory Committee is a group of outstanding fine art professionals with the intention of increasing the connection and dialogue between working artists in the Philadelphia region and the curators, designers, and gallery owners seeking and presenting new work. The Committee is tasked with determining the qualifications of incoming artist members, ensuring the diversity of InLiquid’s membership, and helping regional artists gain access to the vital career services that InLiquid provides.
Art Advisory Committee Members (ongoing as of June 2021)
Dejay B. Duckett is the Director of Curatorial Services at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Over the last four years at AAMP she has organized 11 exhibitions including Collective Conscious and Sonya Clark: Self Evident. Formerly, she was Associate Curator at The University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery where for 15 years she curated projects including Henrique Oliverira: Adencalcinoma Poliresidual and Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins. Duckett earned her B.A. in Art History from Spelman College in 1994, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University in 2001, where she researched the evolving role of the culturally specific museum in the 21st Century. In 2019, Duckett was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Communication and Arts at Seton Hall University.
Currently working as a Climate Justice organizer with POWER in Philadelphia working on statewide policies, coalitions, and base-building, prior to which I was a Climate Fellow. I co-founded the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal, the first Arabic newspaper in Philadelphia in 100 years, a continuation of the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Project that I managed and facilitated collaboration. I am part of in.site collaborative, a collective of seven other women who through our various work seek to address issues of unequal urban development. I am also a cultural organizer working on projects at the intersection of arts, culture, community development, and energy democracy, especially focusing on community engagement, political education, and program design and evaluation. Prior, I worked in democracy activism and designed experiential learning programs in Egypt. I am on the board of YallaPunk, Barrio Alegria, East Parkside Residents Association and was a community advisor for Philadelphia Contemporary's Commonwealth project. Growing up and working between Egypt and the US has offered me insights into a multitude of cultures - similarities, parallels, differences - which has largely influenced my work.
Leslie Kaufman is the founder and president of Philadelphia Sculptors, the Philadelphia based organization of professional sculptors. As its president she has organized and/or curated over 70 exhibitions, annual programs and a regional sculpture conference. Highlights include Global Warming at the Icebox, a 2008 exhibition of environmentally themed sculptures and installations; Catagenesis, a 2012 exhibition of site specific installations at a former textile dyeing factory; Artship Olympia, a 2016 exhibition of site specific installations on Cruiser Olympia at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing; and FLOW, a 2019 exhibition of floating sculptures in the boat basin at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Kaufman has organized public art projects, including A Case for Art, in 2005 where themed sculptures were sited in different locations throughout Philadelphia and was the Art Director for the 2014 ArtPlace America Destination Frankford project. Kaufman originated the Burlington County College Sculpture Garden, in Pemberton, NJ where she organized annual sculpture competitions from 1988 – 2008 on the college grounds. She was an adjunct professor of art at Burlington County College and at The College of New Jersey. Her professional writing includes articles and art reviews published in Sculpture and Inside Magazine and she has written and received grants for both Philadelphia Sculptors and the BCC Sculpture Garden. She is a practicing sculptor and has a long exhibition history. In addition to her art pursuits, she serves on the boards of the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and the Friends of Orkney Park and has also just published a children’s book, Gracie: The Tale of a Very Special Sea Monster. Leslie received her MFA from Vermont College in the Visual Arts, her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her BA in English from Colgate University, from which she graduated cum laude.
Angela McQuillan is an artist, curator and designer, whose passion lies in connecting people and showcasing creative talent and new ideas. She has ten years of experience working in scientific research and pharmaceuticals, eight years working as a graphic designer, as well as an art school degree. With this unique background, Angela loves to curate multidisciplinary events that convene people with diverse knowledge and skill sets.
To this date, Angela has curated over 40 art exhibitions relating to science and technology, including exhibitions by internationally recognized artists working with biological media. Angela currently works as both the Curator at the Esther Klein Gallery, and the Program Manager and Experience Designer at Venture Café Philadelphia. She also oversees the University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency which she founded in 2017 with the CEO of Integral Molecular Dr. Benjamin Doranz. This residency program recently won the 2019 Art + Business Partnership Award by the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council. Angela is also a current member of the Grizzly Grizzly artist collective based in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, Forbes and SciArt in America.
Jennifer-Navva Milliken is the artistic leader of the Center and is responsible for the vision and direction of the Center, principally through creating and executing the exhibition programming, facilitating the annual Windgate International Residency program, maintaining the integrity of the permanent collection and research library, and overseeing the Center’s publishing and documentation activities.
Tausif Noor is a critic, curator, and art historian working in the fields of global modern and contemporary art based in Philadelphia. Currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, Noor concentrates on the intersection of art and politics, particularly with regard to histories of nationalism and internationalism, post-colonialism, and Marxist thought. His writing can be found in Artforum, frieze, ArtAsiaPacific, BOMB, and other magazines, as well as in artist catalogues for Alex Da Corte (KARMA, 2019) and the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Noor has previously held positions at the Imperial War Museum in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has curated and co-curated exhibitions at various Philadelphia art spaces, including ASIF MIAN: EVERYDAY/CHIASMA at FJORD; Rear Window (with Lauren Downing) at Pilot+Projects; and Weak Link (with Ginny Duncan) at AUTOMAT.
Harry Philbrick is the founder of Philadelphia Contemporary. With over 25 years of experience in museum management, exhibition development, and educational programming, Philbrick is keenly aware of the challenges of making contemporary art exhibitions accessible to a variety of audiences. From 2011 – 2016 he was Director of the Museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, known internationally for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American art. He spearheaded a revived engagement with contemporary art at PAFA, creating a $30m endowment to rekindle the Museum’s program of actively collecting contemporary art with an emphasis on female and African American artists. Worked with both Museum Exhibitions and Collections Committees to develop a three year strategy to build on PAFA’s legacy of promoting African American art culminating in a major retrospective of Norman Lewis, curated by Ruth Fine. From 1996 - 2010 he was Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, a dynamic museum focusing on exhibitions of contemporary art and innovative education programs, and was chief curator for the museum's exhibition program, working with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Robert Gober, Fred Wilson, and KAWS. As a museum educator developed the Student Docent program. He received his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Ron Tarver received a BA in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeastern State University and an MFA from the University of Arts. He serves as Associate Professor of Art at Swarthmore College. Before Swarthmore, Tarver was a photojournalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 32 years, where he shares a 2012 Pulitzer Prize and numerous international, national, and state awards. He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins, which was accompanied by an exhibition that debuted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
In addition to his career in photojournalism, Tarver has distinguished himself in the field of fine art photography. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and has received grants from National Geographic, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and two Independence Foundation Fellowships.
His work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Oklahoma Museum of History, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Lori Waselchuk is a visual storyteller whose work is a simultaneous inquiry into the lived experiences/poetic bodies of humans and the systems they inhabit, contest, and construct. Waselchuk creates novel forms of collaboration, drawing from many disciplines and resources, to create experiences that describe and convene community. Her work is published extensively, exhibited internationally and is part of many collections including the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Free Library of Philadelphia, New Orleans Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and South African National Gallery. Waselchuk collaborates with people to create exhibitions and special projects that center art, dialogue and social change. Most notable is Grace Before Dying (2007 – 2017), a collaborative photographic documentary about a hospice program in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Most recently, Waselchuk developed and coordinated the Women’s Mobile Museum (2018 – 2020) with South African artist Zanele Muholi and ten Philadelphia women and femmes for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Cent. Waselchuk is a recipient the following grants and awards: 2014 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, 2012 Pew Fellowship for the Arts, 2010 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant, 2009 Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Fellowship, 2008 Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project grant, 2007 PhotoNOLA Review Prize, and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award. Waselchuk is currently the Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.